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30.5 Visiting Files in Dired

There are several Dired commands for visiting or examining the files listed in the Dired buffer. All of them apply to the current line’s file; if that file is really a directory, these commands invoke Dired on that subdirectory (making a separate Dired buffer).

f

Visit the file described on the current line, like typing C-x C-f and supplying that file name (dired-find-file). See Visiting.

RET
e

Equivalent to f.

o

Like f, but uses another window to display the file’s buffer (dired-find-file-other-window). The Dired buffer remains visible in the first window. This is like using C-x 4 C-f to visit the file. See Windows.

C-o

Visit the file described on the current line, and display the buffer in another window, but do not select that window (dired-display-file).

mouse-1
mouse-2

Visit the file whose name you clicked on (dired-mouse-find-file-other-window). This uses another window to display the file, like the o command.

v

View the file described on the current line, with View mode (dired-view-file). View mode provides convenient commands to navigate the buffer but forbids changing it; See View Mode.

^

Visit the parent directory of the current directory (dired-up-directory). This is equivalent to moving to the line for .. and typing f there.